LUFF LETTERS: Matt Luff’s first NHL exposure and the drive to remain up with the Kings was chronicled in a recent Black and White feature that shared intimate details about his ascension to the professional game – such as when he called his parents at 3:00 a.m. Toronto time to tell them that he’d signed an NHL contract. Earning trust from Mike Stothers and boarding with Matt Moulson’s family in the South Bay, the story of Luff bursting onto the scene in 2018-19 and battling to widen his opportunity is told by LA Kings Production.
“Gun games aren’t my game. I’ll play NHL all the time with my buddies. They have me as a healthy scratch, so I usually take out Wags, put myself in.”
HOME ON THE GRANGE: A wealth of testimonials articulate the impact Head Equipment Manager Darren Granger has had on players, coaches and team staff, and amidst all the late-season milestones, it’s important to remember that Granger’s NHL career began, as Assistant Equipment Manager Dana Bryson noted, before a number of Kings were even born. Images showing the entire team looking up at the videoboard as congratulations from around the league poured in illustrate the unsung impact he’s had in both the Los Angeles and Vancouver organizations. Noteworthy: Darryl Sutter makes a pair of appearances. Also, it’s not related to this video, but Granger’s son, Chase was assisting in the team’s facility today, which got us wondering whether these games count towards his NHL games count.
“If he was a player, he’d be the perfect role player. He’d be playing on your third line, giving the other team’s best players a hard time. He’d be running into guys, checking, going to the front of the net. That’s the type of personality he is.”
–Lead photo via Bill Wippert/NHLI